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No. 43 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 43 Squadron was formed on the 15th of April 1916 at Stirling. They proceeded to France in January 1917 as an Army reconnaissance squadron. After undertaking the first ground attack mission against enemy troops in June 1917, this became their primary function.

The Squadron formed part of the army of occupation in Germany but was disbanded in December 1919. It was re-formed at Henlow in 1925 as a fighter squadron. At the outbreak of war in 1939 the Squadron was flying Hurricanes from RAF Tangmere.

Airfields at which No. 43 Squadron was based during the war:

  • December 1926-November 1939: Tangmere
  • November 1939-February 1940: Acklington
  • February-May 1940: Wick
  • May-September 1940: Tangmere
  • July-August 1940: Detachment to Northolt
  • September-December 1940: Usworth
  • December 1940-February 1941: Drem
  • February-March 1941: Crail
  • March-October 1941: Drem
  • October 1941-June 1942: Acklington
  • June-September 1942: Tangmere
  • September-October 1942: Kirton-on-Lindsey
  • October-November 1942: Moving to Gibraltar
  • November 1942: Gibraltar
  • November 1942-March 1943: Maison Blanche, Algeria
  • March-April 1943: Jemappes, Algeria
  • April-May 1943: Tingley, Algeria
  • May 1943: Nefza, Tunisia
  • May-June 1943: Mateur, Tunisia
  • June-July 1943: Hal Far, Malta
  • July 1943: Comiso, Sicily
  • July-August 1943: Pachino, Sicily
  • August 1943: Panebianco, Sicily
  • August-September 1943: Catania, Sicily
  • September 1943: Cassala, Sicily
  • September 1943: Falcone (Palermo), Sicily
  • September-October 1943: Tusciano, Italy
  • October 1943-January 1944: Capodichino (Naples), Italy
  • January-May 1944: Lago, Italy
  • May-June 1944: Nettuno, Italy
  • June 1944: Tre Cancelli, Italy
  • June 1944: Tarquinia, Italy
  • June-July 1944: Grossetto, Italy
  • July 1944: Piombino, Italy
  • July-August 1944: Calvi Main, Corsica
  • August 1944: Ramatuelle (st Tropez), France
  • August-September 1944: Sisteron, France
  • September 1944: Lyon/ Bron, France
  • September-October 1944: La Jasse, France
  • October-November 1944: Peretola, Italy
  • November 1944-February 1945: Rimini, Italy
  • February-May 1945: Ravenna, Italy
  • May 1945: Rivolto, Italy
  • May-September 1945: Klagenfurt, Austria


18th Nov 1939 Moved to the North

18th Jan 1940 Mid-air collision

30th Jan 1940 Two bombers shot down

3rd Feb 1940 Bomber brought down

26th Feb 1940 Move to Scapa Flow

16th Aprl 1940 Lost on patrol

31st May 1940 Return to Tangmere

7th June 1940 

13th July 1940  Battle of Britain

19th July 1940 Battle of Britain

20th July 1940 Battle of Britain

21st July 1940  Battleof Britain

29th July 1940 Battle of Britain

8th August 1940 Convoy attacked

13th August 1940  Battle of Britain

14th August 1940  airfields attacked

15th Aug 1940 Eagle Day

16th August 1940 Eagle Day

26th August 1940  Battle of Britian

30th August 1940 Battle of Britain

Sept 1940 Indian Pilots drafted in

2nd Sept 1940 Battle of Britain

4th September 1940 Battle of Britain

5th September 1940 Battle of Britain

7th Sept 1940 Battle of Britain

8th Sept 1940 Return to the north

12th Dec 1940 

4th Oct 1941 

16th June 1942 On the Move

19th Aug 1942 Dieppe Raid

1st Sept 1942 Operations

28th Oct 1942 On the Move

20th Nov 1942 Relocation

February 1943 Conversion

13th May 1943 Into Tunisia

June 1943 On the Move

July 1943 In Support

Sept 1943 Relocation

July 1944 In Support

August 1944 Move

October 1944 In Suport

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Those known to have served with

No. 43 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Barrow. Hector Jack . Sgt Pilot
  • Cummings Alexander McKay. F/Lt. (d.11th Nov 1944)

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F/Lt. Alexander McKay Cummings 43 Squadron (d.11th Nov 1944)

I am doing a search for the municipality of Vigonza, a small village at nort east of Padua, about soldier dead in the area during the 2 WW, with the aim to make a book for remember them on next 25th April. Checking the municipality archive, I found a letter (see attachment) dated 11th november 1944, regarding a english pilot crashed on 11th november 1944 at 13 oclock after a fighting. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission comunicated me that in Padua War Cemetry is buried one pilot dead on 11th november 1944, that is: Casualty: Flight Lieutenant Alexander McKay Cumming, 128858

Served With: 43 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died: 11th November 1944, Commemorated: Padua War Cemetery, Italy Plot III. Row F. Grave 14. Additional Information: Age 21 Son of Alexander and Louisa J. Cummings, of Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Dux Medallist of Larbert Central School, 1937.

But Commonwealth War Graves Commission dont hold any information on where and how Commonwealth war casualties died. Therefore with these information about pilot Cummings I am not sure he is the pilot Im looking for, infact. He could be captured same day before and not really shot down on 11th November 1944. Looking RAF museum website I see that exists a book regarding pilots dead in 2ndWW but is not advantageous to buy it only to give some information about one pilot. I wish know if he was realy shot down in Padua area on 11th november 1944 arround 13 oclock, what fighter he used (I think it is a Spitfire IX), what shot him down and other information you can have to verify if they match with Vigonza municipality archive letter.

Fabio Chinellato

Sgt Pilot Hector Jack "Raymond " Barrow.

Hector Barrow served with 607 (County of Durham), 43 (China-British) and 213 (Ceylon) Squadrons. He was born in Isle worth, Middlesex, son of Alfred Hector Henry and Edith Ethel Barrow, joined the RAFVR (Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) in April 1939 as an Airman under training Pilot. He was called up on Sept 1 st 1939 and with training completed, he joined 607 Squadron at RAF Usworth in June 1940. In late July he was posted to 43 Squadron at RAF Tangmere and was attached to 6 Operational Training Unit (at RAF Sutton Bridge) for training from August 3 to August 24. He transferred on September 20 to 213 Squadron, which was also based at RAF Tangmere.

On September 27 Barrow claimed a share in destroying a Bf 110. He was reported Missing following a Wing patrol with 602 Squadron over RAF Tangmere on November 28th. His aircraft Hurricane Mk l (RAF Serial Number V6691) was shot down by a Bf109 of JG51 at 15:10 into the sea off Bognor on 28th November 1940. Barrow s body was washed up on the French coast. He is buried in Colleville-sur-Mer Churchyard, Calvados, France. He was 21 when he died.

Hawker Hurricane Mk I V6691 was one of 500 delivered between August 1940 and January 1941 by Gloster Aircraft, Hucclecote, to Contract No. B.85730/ 40. Serving with 213 Squadron it would have been coded AK-? (? indicates that the individual code letter is unknown). This aircraft had previously served with 253 Squadron.

Paul McMillan

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